For enthusiasts of early banjo
A demonstration of how I play this on banjo. This is a little rough.
Hey this is great, John! Man, that's a tough tune- I might be able to play it ten years from now. lol
As soon as I heard it, I recognize it from hearing it many many times in my life- from movies, tv, cartoons maybe.... But always only parts A and B...this is the first time I've heard parts C and D...and they are great too! What a shame they were dropped in popular culture. Now we can bring the complete and reunited tune back again! :D It'd be great in a contra dance I'd think, right after a fast brutal one, they often play a stately graceful tune so the dancers can recuperate a bit.
Thanks for playing this John!
We often do a dance called "Patty cake Polka" with this. This is tough. You can tell that I keep putting the brakes on. I had a really good take going and the dog started barking in the middle of it. I don't have a lot of time for recording, so this take will have to do, in spite of a couple of notes I'd like to have back, and a few woofs from Lacey.
I actually really like home recordings where unexpected ambient sounds occur...it's very 'organic'.
There's an old 1960's recording of a west virginia Hammons family member playing a tune on the banjo, and in the background you can sometimes hear family members walking about and talking, coughing, pots rattling, babies babbling. But there's one moment where somebody randomly squeezes a rubber baby toy a couple times- that very distinctive squeak we all remember (before they eliminated squeakers as being too dangerous for babies)...and somehow it seemed to go perfectly with the banjo at that moment, in a fascinating way. To this day when I hear or play that tune, I hear the rubber toy squeak in my mind, right on queue at that single moment in the tune...I love that! :)
Thanks John. Reassuring to me as I've been working the same key and shapes to go by your vid. It works finger-style pretty ok too. In your vid I finally hear the parts C and D, which other recordings seem to skip, except for Lawrence Welk! Don't know why that is.
One of the things my 78 collector buddy always enjoys pointing out is the extraneous sounds on the old records. "Listen right here there's a truck going by" " Right at the end here you can hear a little dog bark." " ...did you hear the hammering? They must have been remodeling downstairs" It's a grand you are maintaining John.
Great tune and playing John. I didn't recognize the song from your notation but when I heard you play it I thought " I know that song" , especially when Dan'l mentioned Lawrence Welk . Being an old Minnesota Lutheran I've heard that polka at more weddings than I care to remember.
Now all you need to do is learn how to say " Yaaa Shuuure, and-a-one, and-a-twoo"
Maybe we can get Strumelia and Dan'l behind you blowing "champagne" bubbles as you play. Do you thing they would qualify as a period correct bubble machine????
I'm ready! :D
For me the one thing about Lawrence Welk that I've always appreciated even through my Rock, Country Blues, Electric Blues, Old-Timey, Swing, Country-Western, Jazz, Modern Jazz, Bluegrass, Folk, Indy and Historical Music fads is that despite being sometimes sugary and trite by 'hip' standards the Welk show performance was always flawless, the musicianship always excellent, the tempos always precise. That example can apply to Minstrel banjo as well, if I were to heed it.
I always liked watching the LW show as a kid because to me it was like observing life forms from the planet Mars.
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